Tofu Tacos

5 from 14 votes

Treat your family to these delicious vegan tofu tacos. Served with a crunchy cabbage slaw, they are quick and easy to make for a meat-free dinner option!

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Enjoy these vegan tofu tacos for a quick, easy and delicious family meal. Seasoned tofu is served in tortillas with a fresh and zingy cabbage slaw for one delicious bite. Ready to serve in less than 20 minutes, these street style tacos are irresistible!

Tofu tacos on a plate topped with coleslaw with limes

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Tofu: Use firm tofu for this recipe. We press it before seasoning and cooking quickly in a skillet.
  • Seasoning: You can use homemade taco seasoning or use your favorite store bought brand to flavor the tofu.
  • Oil: For cooking. We like to use olive oil, but canola, vegetable or avocado will work well.
  • Tortillas: Small four or corn tortillas work great for these tacos. Use hard shells if you like things crispy!
  • Avocado: Diced avocado adds a great creamy texture and mild flavor. Guacamole is great to use too.
  • For the slaw: Cabbage, red onion, cilantro, oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin and salt.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make tofu tacos

press tofu

  1. Wrap the tofu in a paper towel.
  2. Weight it down with a skillet and cans.
  3. Remove the skillet after 30 minutes.
  4. Wipe dry and it’s ready to use.
4 image collage to show how to press tofu

season & cook tofu

  1. Cut the pressed tofu into cubes.
  2. Coat in the taco seasoning.
  3. Cook in a skillet to your liking.
3 image collage to show how to cut, season and cook tofu cubes for tacos

Tips for cooking tofu

  1. Do not skip pressing the tofu. If you don’t do this to remove excess water, when you cook it it will remain soggy and won’t get crispy.
  2. Cut the tofu into fairly small cubes. Tofu cooks much better when it is cut into smaller pieces. Larger pieces won’t have as pleasing a texture or flavor.
  3. Don’t skimp on the cooking time. To get those crispy edges, allow the tofu to cook for a good 15 minutes for the perfect texture.
  4. Use a non-stick pan to cook tofu. Tofu does tend to stick when cooking, so use a cast-iron or non-stick skillet. Use a couple of tablespoons of oil to prevent sticking.

Frequently asked questions

Can you cook the tofu ahead of time?

Yes! Cooked tofu will keep well covered in the fridge for 3 to 5 days so it’s great for meal prep. Cook up a big batch of this to add to taco salad in the week! You can eat it cold, or reheat quickly in a skillet or bake in the oven at 360F til warmed through.

Why does my tofu have no flavor?

Tofu is often referred to as bland, but when prepared properly it will absorb all of the flavors from the seasoning. Be sure to press the tofu for at least 30 minutes to remove that excess water so that when you add the seasoning it is all soaked in. Cut the tofu small as well for the best flavor.

What other toppings can you use?

We love serving these tacos with some diced avocados and a tangy cabbage slaw, but you can add whatever your favorites are! Try them with:
Corn Salsa
Black Bean Salsa
Sliced Jalapenos
Healthy Coleslaw

Hand holding one of the tofu tacos

These plant based tofu tacos are a great meat-free addition to your taco Tuesday. So quick and easy to make and super delicious, these are a sure fir hit!

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Tofu Tacos

Treat your family to these delicious vegan tofu tacos. Served with a crunchy cabbage slaw, they are quick and easy to make for a meat-free dinner option!
5 from 14 votes
Servings 8 tacos
Course Main Course
Calories 256
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 6- inch small flour or corn tortillas
  • 2 avocados cubed

Cabbage Slaw

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Zest of juice of one lime
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Wrap the tofu block in a paper towel and place in a shallow bowl or rimmed plate. Place a heavy skillet on top of the tofu and place some heavy objects, like canned or jarred foods, on top of the skillet. Allow the tofu to sit for 30 minutes to release its liquid.
  • Remove the objects, skillet and paper towel and use a new paper towel to wipe off any excess moisture from the tofu. Cut the tofu into cubes and coat in the taco seasoning.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and transfer the seasoned tofu to the skillet, and cook until it begins to crisp, about 5 minutes. Then flip and cook for 5-10 more minutes, depending on your desired doneness.
  • Meanwhile, toss the cabbage, red onions, cilantro, olive oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, cumin and salt together.
  • Warm the tortillas in the skillet for 1 minute per side and wrap in a damp paper towel as you assemble the tacos. Fill each tortilla with a portion of the tofu, some coleslaw on top and avocados. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Storage: Cooked tofu will keep well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
Tip: Don’t skip pressing the tofu, allow it to press for at least 30 minutes.
Tip: Cut the tofu into fairly small cubes for the best texture and flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 321mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 98mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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